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Charlie Condou claims he had ‘a bit of breakdown’ after leaving Corrie

After leaving the soap in 2014, the actor, who played Marcus Dent, admits it led to a troubled time in his life.

Charlie who is dad to Georgia, 12, and Hal, nine, with husband Cameron Laux, quit the soap so he could be a “present” parent.

“There were a lot of great things about being at Corrie and it was a hard decision to make,” he told Brood.

“I had been deliberating it for months, because in a sense you’ve got job security – you can potentially be there for a long time; you know when you can take your holidays, and all those things.”

But being away from his kids became too much to handle, and he eventually quit the show.

“I was giving that role up with essentially nothing to go into,” Charlie explained.

“I would come home on Friday evening, and I’d have to go back to Manchester again on a Sunday afternoon.

“It just wasn’t working, so I don’t regret it at all, but it was still a hard decision to make.”

Following his departure from the ITV soap, Charlie had no work and eventually he had to get therapy to help him.

“I had a bit of breakdown after I left Corrie , as I had left for the right reasons but suddenly I had job, no money, and things were tough and I got myself into therapy because I needed to help myself,” he said.

“So, seeing a therapist was brilliant for me and helped me to figure out who I was. I think we take care of our physical selves all the time but so many of us don’t take care of our mental health and wellbeing.”

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